A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Honesty, openness, and respect are at the front of every discussion on PAUSE. Even when people don't agree with each other, no one is treated as "right" or "wrong," just different.
Positive Role Models
Though Sam Jay's brand is to assert that she doesn't have the implicit responsibility of being a role model, there's a lot of positivity and constructive dialogue that comes from the party scene discussions. Friends speak freely, everyone is honest with each other, and it also looks like they are having a lot of fun.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are a few offhand jokes made during one of the party scenes about the female body. These are not meant to be particularly harmful or offensive.
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The friends in casual conversation in a late-night show frequently use explicit language, including the N-word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In line with the theme of partying, there are many scenes in which partygoers are drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that PAUSE with Sam Jay is a talk show hosted by stand-up comedian and Saturday Night Live staff writer Sam Jay. PAUSE totally overhauls the traditional talk show format in favor of a more organic, conversational tone. Each episode tackles a cultural topic such as the ideas of "selling out" or "cancel culture." PAUSE is best suited for adults or older teenagers, as the choice to go for a more unedited discussion translates to a good deal of unfiltered language, including frequent use of racial slurs such as the N-word. There are also many scenes where partygoers drink alcohol. While most shows that take on discussions of race and politics are branded as controversial, PAUSE intentionally feels more like listening to friends vent their frustrations.
Is It Any Good?
Sam Jay spent years defining her own brand of comedy as a stand-up before rising to fame, and carefully laying that groundwork comes to fruition with her tradition-breaking late-night talk show. In PAUSE, there's no desk, no studio, and no preconceived notions; it's at once totally accessible but not trying to cater to the widest audience possible. Sam Jay is just Sam Jay, and her target audience is whoever wants to listen to her.
Jay isn't trying to change people's minds or tell them what to do. She just wants to live her life, do her work, and be who she is. If the discussions on PAUSE do change people's minds, great. If someone resonates with what they hear and it makes things easier to deal with, great. If not, Jay doesn't really care, as long as she makes an entertaining show. In one of the party scenes where Jay is talking about her feelings on social and moral authority in recent years ("Who is Black Twitter? Why do they get to tell me what to do?"), a white male-presenting party guest nervously asks if he can interject. Jay responds by honestly asking if he has anything to add to the conversation. She's not trying to tell him he can't interject, but wants him to think before he does so. A point is made without her explicitly making one, and she trusts her audience to figure this out themselves.
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